A huge 80s moment for the Isley Brothers empire – a set that has Ernie and Marvin Isley stepping away from the main group with Chris Jasper – to reinvent their sound for the 80s! The record still has all the slinky soul and upbeat funk of the Isley material from the late 70s – ... read moreCD
A crowning moment in New Jack, or New Jill Swing, as it were, with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis at the top of their game. Loads of hits on this album, including "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Alright", "Love Will Never Do (Without ... read moreCD
Titles include "Dynamite", "Sweetest Sweetest", "Escape From The Planet Of The Ant Men", and "Come To Me" – plus "Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin", a duet with Michael Jackson – and "Take Good Care Of My Heart", a duet with Whitney ... read moreCD
One of our favorite albums of all times – and a legendary testament to the greatness of the Chicago music scene in the late 60s! Melvin Jackson was the bassist in Eddie Harris' very successful group of the time – and his playing on Eddie's trippy and funky records for Atlantic is one ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreCD
The third great album in the trilogy that includes Off The Wall and Thriller – and a set that still has Michael Jackson running strong at the height of his solo powers! Quincy Jones is still at the helm, and Michael more than proves that he can still come up with a pop tune without going too ... read moreCD
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory ... read moreCD
Searing stuff – easily one of Etta James' greatest albums! The set is a non-stop jam, recorded live at the New Era Club in Nashville before a small and screaming crowd – a perfect performance all the way through, one that showcases Etta as she rarely sounded on vinyl during the 1960s. ... read moreCD
Etta James —
Gold ... CD Hip-O/Chess, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 2 CDs ...
An excellent set that features some of Etta James' great work for Chess – including some singles-only tracks that are darn hard to find in any format! The set does a good job of moving between the sweeter ballad material and some of Etta's more hard-driving soul numbers – and tracks ... read moreCD
One of the all-time great Rick James albums – a return to funkier sounds for Rick that worked both artistically and comercially – and actually got over far better than his more blantant attempts at crossover hits both earlier and later than this classic set! Indeed, the record that put ... read moreCD
Al Jarreau is grooving in a pure modern pop soul mode on this mid 80s set – and it works really, really well – a not-so-surprising creative win even if it's not the jazzy Jarreau record longtime fans may have preferred at the time – one of our favorite mid-decade Nile Rodgers ... read moreCD
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs ... read moreCD
Hard and heavy classics from one of the greatest brother/sister teams in 50s R&B – and in fact, perhaps the only brother/sister team in the genre! Pianist Buddy Johnson had strong crossover appeal back in the mid 50s – and although his group was an R&B combo with a strong jump ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreCD
(Out of print! Includes original box, book and all CDs in their cases – all in great shape!)
One of our favorite albums ever from Grace Jones – a record that has her shedding some of the disco excesses of earlier years, and moving into a great blend of sounds that really showcases the energy of the New York scene from which she sprang! The album was recorded in Nassau, with help ... read moreCD
Quincy Jones —
Dude ... CD A&M, 1981. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreCD
2 of the harder to find albums by the Jones Girls, put back to back on one CD. The first LP is another one of their classics for Philly International, with great Gamble & Huff production, and excellent cuts like the title track and their classic "Nights Over Egypt". Other cuts ... read moreCD
29 tracks in all, with quite a few guest appearances by rappers such as Keith Murray, Jay Z, Nas and others. Includes "Home Alone", "Did You Ever Think", "Ghetto Queen", "We Ride", "OnlyThe Loot Can Make Me Happy", "If I'm Wit You", " ... read moreCD
A solid overview of RCA material from Evelyn Champagne King – from the disco era hits, catchy club soul, and synth soaked 80s grooves! Evelyn's sound is usually upbeat and catchy, but she's does her thing and more measured and and smoothed out soul numbers, and bass & synth grooves in ... read moreCD
When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one of the 70s best interpreters of mellow ballads. The classic first album on this set – Neither One Of Us – is more than proof ... read moreCD
Brilliant work from Jerry Knight – an artist who often lent his talents to others as an arranger or producer, but who could also really shine in the spotlight on his own! Knight spent time with Raydio, and that vibe definitely shows through here – on tunes that are the perfect ... read moreCD
Contemporary work from Uku Kuut – but grooves that have the same great feel as some of his rare material from the 80s! Most of us folks first discovered Uku's work on PPU's excellent compilation of his home studio recordings from years back – and it's great to see that he's still going ... read moreCD
A bit one for Patti Labelle in the 80s – a set that crossed over big at the time, but which still has the lady in very soulful territory! Patti seems to sparkle most here on the mellower cuts – the gentle groovers and laidback ballads that helped open her up to a whole new audience, ... read moreCD
Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s. That work is very fairly represented here on this 40 track set – with great notes, and a rich selection of songs that even includes a ... read moreCD
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja. The album's as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and ... read moreCD
The first album by the second group to call themselves the last poets – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja. The album's as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and ... read moreCD
A long-overdue look at the mini-soul empire of Leo Gooden – an tiny little enclave in East St Louis that was making some mighty hip music in the early 60s! Gooden wore many hats at the time – politician, club owner, and local businessman – but he also put together his own band ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreCD
Although Little Anthony first cracked into the world with his early doo wop and R&B recordings for the End label, we've always been partial to his beautifully produced albums for Veep from the mid 60s. This nice 2-in-1 CD brings together Anthony's 2 best albums from the time, for a total of 27 ... read moreCD
A great example of why Little Milton was always one of the few Chicago blues artists who could also break strongly in the soul camp at the time – and a beautifully balanced set that perfectly shows both sides of the Chicago scene of the time! Production is by old Vee Jay maestro Calvin ... (Blues, Soul)read moreCD
A landmark album of hard-rocking soul – and a record that broke open both genres for a generations to come! The set's about as classic as you can get for Little Richard – filled with killer numbers that jump around boldly in some heavy New Orleans piano-led grooves – all topped ... read moreCD
A comprehensive look at some great recordings from Little Walter – sides recorded for Chess Records from 1953 to 1963 – offering up a decade's worth of evolution in his style! But even at the start, Walter was better than most of his generation – a heck of a great harmonica ... (Blues, Soul)read moreCD
A great mix of sophisticated pop and lighter, more tropical numbers – and one of the best albums ever to emerge from the union of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina! The album's got a special place in our heart, thanks to the classic tune "Pathway To Glory" – an extended, slow-buil ... (Rock, Soul)read moreCD
Massively solid boogie work from Jeffrey Osborne and LTD – still grooving beautifully at the end of the 70s, and working here with top-shelf production from Bobby Martin! The set's got that buoyant LTD groove that was a perfect foil for Osborne's soaring vocals – a sound that never ... read moreCD
A great little groover from LTD, and perhaps their most perfectly realized LP! The album features arrangements by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Martin – and in a way, Martin's style works better for the group than most of their other arrangements. He mixes together funk, club grooves, and ... read moreCD
Jeffrey Osborne's really emerging strongly here in the mellow soul mode – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other", both of which are smooth mellow steppers with a modern soul approach that's slightly less ... read moreCD
Includes "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", "Everybody Plays The Fool", "California My Way", "I'm So Proud", "Good Old Days", "Spinning Around", "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "Black Seeds Keep On Growing", and "Happin ... read moreCD
Very righteous work from Esther Marrow – a soul sister who sings with a hell of a lot of power! The set's an overlooked gem in the Fantasy catalog of the 70s, and it's one of only two secular soul albums cut by Marrow – and quite possibly the best of the bunch, too! Esther's got some ... read moreCD
Hugh Masekela —
Sixty ... CD Shanachie, 2000. Used ...
Now ... CD Columbia, 2001. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Maxwell's third album, and he just keeps getting better. His songwriting skills have become more finely honed, and the arrangements and general feel still maintain his warm, retro modern vibe. We never tire of his soulful vocals, and music that references classics like the Isleys, Marvin Gaye, ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreCD
We think this may be his best album ever! Caught live at a small club, with a tight band, Curtis delivers extended, intimate versions of some of his best work, like "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" and "Stare and Stare". We can't recommend this highly enough, and there' ... read moreCD
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that ... read moreCD
An overstuffed collection of classics from Frankie Beverly and Maze – 18 tracks that perfectly sum up the mellow-grooving genius of the group at their best! The set brings together hits and key album cuts from the core Maze albums on Capitol – starting out with the group's first few at ... read moreCD
Les McCann —
Comment ... CD Atlantic/Collectables, 1970. Used ...
A very hip record of vocal tracks – done in the same sort of spiritual soul style that Les introduced on Roberta Flack's first album, and which was also showing up on some of Donny Hathaway's work for Atlantic. While the record is not on of McCann's funkiest, it more than makes up for that ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreCD
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – ... read moreCD
A pair of killers from this legendary group! High On Music is one of the funkiest albums ever from The Memphis Horns – that super-tight instrumental combo headed by Andrew Love on tenor and Wayne Jackson on trumpet! Both players had years in the Memphis soul scene under their belt by the ... read moreCD
Groundbreaking work, and a killer piece of Philly groove! MFSB were a large conglomeration of studio players who graced some of the first big Philly hits in the 70s, and here they break out on their own in a remarkable set of pre-disco tunes that form the blueprint for the rest of the 70s ... read moreCD
Dre's second, and more successful venture into R&B (counting World Class Wreckin' Crew, of course). With a number of very well received pop R&B numbers, including "No More Lies", "Nicety", "Something In My Heart" and 'Keep Watchin'". 11 tracks in all. CD
A popping party classic from the 1980s – filled with plenty of catchy electro numbers, all served up in a sublime blend of pop and soul! The Calloway brothers are at the height of their powers here – and the album strikes a perfect balance between mainstream soul and percolated ... read moreCD